As the population ages, this issue is becoming more significant.
Public Health Agency of Canada shared report data earlier this year stating that the absolute number of fall-related hospitalizations rose by 47% between 2008-2009 and 2019-2020.
Falls can range from a simple slip to a serious injury. Many falls result in moderate to severe injuries, and some can even be fatal.
If you're taking care of an older adult and fall prevention is important to them, there are some things you can engage them to do to reduce the risk:
Regular exercise. Exercise can help improve strength, balance and flexibility.
Reducing stress by practising relaxation techniques. Stress can make it harder for the body to respond quickly when you trip or slip on something, which increases the risk of falling.
Eating a healthy diet low in fat and salt and high in vitamins C and E (found in fruits and vegetables).